Spring has officially sprung and for the foodie scene, this means patio season is upon us!

›› Lauren Gaultier

Some may say that living in such a ­temperate climate, we are almost always able to enjoy outdoor dining here in beautiful Victoria, but hey, longer sunny days can only make things better right?!

If you have walked through Fernwood square over the past six months, you may have noticed the extended outdoor seating options to allow restaurants to offer more socially distanced dining opportunities. Mesa Familiar’s patio stands out as the only one closed off completely to car traffic, nestled directly in the square next to the gazebo.

Mesa Familiar has been serving our community flavourful and fun Mexican fare since they moved into Fernwood early 2017. Over the past year through the COVID-19 pandemic, they have made a great effort to adapt and offer online menus, easy takeout options and of course, a warm and inviting patio space with ­heaters and ample spacing. Their staple items include tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and snacks like chips & salsa. In addition to these ­mainstays, they always have ­rotating seasonal specials to choose from like ribs, roasted cauliflower, and chicken mole to name a few.

Don’t wait, head down to Mesa’s patio on the next sunny day and sip, savour, and soak up the sun!

Mesa Familiar is family owned and ­operated by Neil and Vanessa Davis, founded in January of 2017. Mesa Familiar translates to “family table” a name which they felt expresses their vision; A ­comfortable space where people of all walks of life can come together to enjoy a meal. A place for family, in a broader sense.

To check out their offerings, visit their website at mesafamiliar.ca and follow them on Instagram at ­@mesafamiliar.